Krazy & Ignatz 1931-1932: A Kat a'lilt with Song
Fantagraphics, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his large softcover book includes cartoonist George Herriman's black and white
Krazy & Ignatz
comic strips, published from 1931-1932 (edited by Bill Blackbeard and Derya Ataker). Delightful extras like the '
"Fourth" Follies in Krazy Kat's Kountry
' add to the entertainment.
hese humorous comic strips, set in Coconino County, are filled with ample alliteration. They begin with Krazy Kat seeking to sow his '
' on the advice of the '
'. Then we see the erudite Ignatz Mouse bonking Krazy with bricks (he lobs these missiles on a regular basis) as an adoring Kat murmurs '
'. And of course Offisa Pup, protective of Krazy Kat (whom he calls '
salt of the earth
'), jails Ignatz at every opportunity. I especially enjoyed the '
Mystic of Mysore, and Man of Magic
' and the solitaire sequences, also a recurring elephant theme. And the language is marvelous, as when Krazy '
' or '
Something under a sombrero seems to be sauntering swiftly ...
f you haven't pored over any of Herriman's comics yet, then I recommend this 1931-1932 series to you. They're both silly and slapstick, yet also literate, the use of dialect and command of language as entertaining as the cartoons themselves. Great fun!
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